Shared ownership house buying update

So in case you didnt know, me and Sarah are going through the final stages of buying our first house via shared ownership. Its going but not quite quick enough in our view but hopefully we will have a moving date really soon.
We've already started boxing stuff we dont really need in the next month, and planning out how were going to paint and carpet areas of the house. As you can expect, Sarahs in charge of that stuff while I'm charged with getting our internet, internal and av networks up and running. So I've been charting it out, because I've always had the computers and cinema systems together in the same room from a early age. It use to make sense because I would have TV capture (PVR) and TV output options. But now we have decided to move the computers out of the living room and into the spare bedroom. The only machines downstairs now will be laptops and the xbox. This is difficult because the xbox runs really nice on a 100baseT cabled network, I really dont want to push it on to a shared wireless node.
So it looks like were going to have a combination of wireless and cables. We thought about putting wireless access points on each level of the house and hoping one in the loft, spare bedroom and living room will be enough to cover the house. But with no power up in the loft thats not going to happen quite yet. I'm also planning on setting up switches upstairs and downstairs, so the laptops can be plugged into a solid connection for large transfers or when firends come around with there laptops with no wifi. The connection between the switches will be a good quality 100baseT ethernet connection, otherwise seperate bridging wireless points will be needed.

So generally, the house buying is going, but just not anywhere fast. We hope to be moved out by mid Novemeber the latest.

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